Behnen shines in swimming and diving loss to Pitt

Doug Hendry, Sports Writer

– Doug Hendry

For the second consecutive year, the men’s swimming and diving team fell against Pittsburgh.Although the Bison dropped their first road meet 185.5-109.5, Louis Behnen ’17 put in a stellar performance with two victories in the freestyle event. 

Behnen tied a Pitt swimmer for first place in the 200 free (1:41.43), but topped all swimmers in the 500 free (4:35.34). He now has five wins on the season. Behnen was followed by Chris Devlin ’18 in second and Brian Phillips ’16 in fourth. Erik Heinemann ’15 was the only other victor for the Orange and Blue, who beat his opponent in the 200 fly by just .01 seconds (1:53.92). The co-captain also tallied two more points as the top Bison in the 100 free (47.47).

There were several runner-up finishes for the Orange and Blue as well. Behnen’s excellent day included a second-place ranking in the 200 back (1:51.58), more than 1.5 seconds ahead of the third-place opponent.

Ben Seketa ’15 had two second-place performances in the 100 breast (57.25) and 200 breast (2:06.99). In the 50 free, Steve Grune ’16 earned a four-point performance thanks to him finishing second (21.54).

Tyler Wenzel ’16 finished fourth off both boards, but put up numbers near his career-bests. His score of 257.93 off the three-meter was a season-best, while his score of 264.60 off the one-meter was the second-best of his career.

Although the Orange and Blue lost, they put in a strong performance against one of the better competitors they will see this year.

The Bison (2-1) will now host a quad meet on Nov. 8 with American, Lafayette, and Navy at Kinney Natatorium.

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